Orange County STD rates have exploded, leaving health officials and residents equally concerned. Between the years 2011 and 2016 syphilis increased by 412%, gonorrhea increased by 204%, and chlamydia increased by 59%.
Up to 80% of those infected with STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea have no symptoms, meaning testing is the only sure way to know if one is infected.
Alarmingly, congenital syphilis is on the rise, too. Increasing – and alarmingly – across the United States congenital syphilis is also on the rise.
How do you protect your health? Through regular testing and preventative measures. The city of Orange offers many locations throughout the area for testing services to protect yourself and your partners. From the Obria Medical Clinics on East Chapman Avenue to the Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties Incorporated on South Tustin Street, it’s easy to find a testing center.
Events like health fairs are held during the National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, World AIDS Day on December 1st, and STD Awareness Month in April. Free STD testing is available but only during these dates. At any time of the year individuals can find services including testing, free condoms and lube, and partner services like help informing one’s partner about STD exposure. Stay healthy utilizing services available at a facility near you.